Darling Butterfly



Baby Shower Centre Piece

     Hi there my crafty friend, how are you? So glad you are able to drop by today and check out my newest creation. Talk about a "labour of love" LOL! My sister's step son is going to be a daddy in April, the baby shower is this Saturday. All a long the theme has been all about hippo's. My sister asked me to make them an easel  card with a hippo theme a few mths back when they went to find out what they were having. Well, It's a boy!!! and Colton will be his name.  :)
     On the wkend I went to my sisters to work on the wedding album, (they are getting married 6 days after the baby shower :} ) and the cards/gifts for both. Originally the hippo on this centre piece was the card I was going to give them, but when I was looking through my sisters craft supplies I found the hippo card I made a few mths ago, and another baby shower card I made ages ago with a monkey on it. She loves what I make so much she just can't part with it, and always tells me to make two of everything cause she wants to keep one! LMBO Take pictures and look at them, the stuff eventually gets buried under stuff or put in a box or a drawer most of the time anyway and you never see it. She still has all the Christmas presents she orders from me every year, she can't part with them. LOL The highest of compliments I suppose.
     Anyway, I thought maybe I would change the plain hippo shaped card into an easel card or something and thought about it for sometime....I kept thinking about the hippo's watering hole and what to do with it, then suddenly I  got this idea....  and I LOOOVVVEEEEE IT!!!!!! I started it on Sunday, worked a bit on it on Monday, then today I kicked it into high gear to get it done. I have tons of stuff to get done before Saturday, plus my hubby's 50th is on Thursday and I haven't made him a his special card yet....eeekkkkk!!!
      I had the idea to make this a simple but cute centre piece, but it was way to much work to be simple and I didn't want it to be a one day thing so I made it so she can remove the umbrella with the baby announcement on it and use it as an ornament on a shelf or dresser. I think it turned out super cute and hopefully she will love it, I've never met her so I don't know her taste.
   Warning PIC heavy :)   This shows what I came up with yesterday and sunday, the umbrella ended up to small. The long strip with all the "teeth" is the side wall of the stand. I figured I make these for my "cake in a box" cards, it should work to make this stand which I wish was a box, but it was really hard to get it to stay together as it was, being such an odd shape. I cut out the hippo and the "water" shape with create a critter, I altered the shapes a bit to my liking with my gypsy!   :)
I ended up with this  :)
                                The dog, butterflies and bees are all old stickers from my stash ! :)
His name is cut from a $ store foam sheet, and the grass was made with the MS icicle punch! I wanted some shine to it kind of so I added the green ribbon around the top and bottom of the base.
The turtle was cut from create a critter. I made the small bull rushes with green toothpicks, hot glue blobs coated with brown felt then shaped and green paper strips for leaves :)
 The frog is from an old recollections stamp set called bouncing baby boy  :)
 Used an oval punch to make the pad part of the lily pad, then two white primas snipped up the middle, shaped and glued and a ek success yellow flower cut and each petal snipped three times then crumpled all together to make the centre of the flowers :)
 I really like this water paper, and I used a piece of acrylic as well to keep the hippo standing, it also gives the water that mirror effect so you can see the reflection of the bull rushes etc. Really like how it looks :) I added some glossy accent "ripples" around the hippo's feet. I cut little rectangles into the acrylic and folded the short sides down then glued the bottoms of the flowers and the hippo's feet in the holes. Having the sides folded down helps to keep the acryllic up off the water paper itself, to give it some depth.  :)

 the bird is one that comes on a wire, I just pulled the wire out and glued on top of the bull rush, which in this case were made with wood skewers I cut down, coloured green, made the brown part with hot glue and brown felt. I lightly inked the white "base" with a pastel blue to kind of make it look like sky with clouds, I like how it turned out, was simple but effective  :)
I glued two pieces of foam between the two hippo body cuts to give him some depth and make it easier to glue him standing up :) I cut out a thin strip in each one to make a pocket for the skewer of the umbrella to slip into, making it removeable, woohoo :)
 I glued the tail cuts and ear cut together because I didn't cut the foam in those two areas :) I also pop dotted the mouth/nose area of the face. Used the largest one of  my PK wide eyed kids face stamps, coloured in the whites of the eyes and covered in glossy accents :)
                                                                Baby name ornament ;)
I used some old sentiment stickers from my stash on the umbrella. I got them yrs ago when I first started scrapbooking from the $ store, you can get some pretty nice stuff at those stores :) Even though I only shopped at the dollar store back then, I managed to build up my supply of bling a lot cheaper than what some places charge for brads and other embellishments. I love the $ store :)
 I had different stickers on it but then decided to out the sentiments on here, since it is removeable it wont always look like a baby shower centre piece :)
     I have been very busy with making things for the wedding and baby shower that I haven't had time to make anything for the Peachy Keen challenge yet, luckily the challenge this week is a 3D project with the theme: weather, so I kept that in mind as I was making this project., so it would fit the criteria :)  I have the umbrella for baby "Shower" lol and my theme is summer :) Since baby showers are thrown in any type of weather, and a hippo in the water with turtles, frogs bees and butterflies is definately summer. I added the dog sticker because I always think of dogs when I think of little boys :)  So this project will be my entry for the challenge this week. I will have to take a peek and see if there are any other challenges I can enter this in to, would love to win a prize for it after all this work!!  :) 
     Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my creation, I hope to see you back soon. Leave me some love so I can come visit you and leave you some love back :) Have yourself a scrap happy day, and join us over at the peachy keen challenge, or come play over at The Outlawz, where I am on the "sketch" design team on Wednesdays, but we have a new challenge starting everyday running for one week. It is a very fun site full of awesomely talented, caring, beautiful women that love to craft as much as we do, and they will make you feel right at home.  :) 

Cindy     :)


A get well card tooo

     Hello again my crafty friend : ) This card is for my DT challenge. I am on the Wednesday sketch challenge design team over at The Outlawz. This is a very fun and friendly site with a new challenge every day running for one week each. There is also a digital freebie challenge that runs two - three weeks, the images are supplied to you, all you have to do is make at least one card using one of the images to receive the next set of images for the next challenge. Very fun site, wonderfully friendly atmosphere, you would love it so pop over and check us out, we'd love to have you. There are awesome prizes as well :)
     I decided I would make my cards on the wkend and have them ready for the challenges a head of time. I needed several cards for various reasons and I find it is faster to make a card if you already have a sketch, you know where everything goes, just figure out what to put there. LOL
     There is a bit of a story behind my thinking on this card. You see, when my aunt got married to my uncle, his sister, my brother and I had a blast hanging out all night, singing, dancing and laughing, just having tons of fun. After the reception she came back to my house and we continued having fun into the wee hrs of the morn. I was joking around with her and saying well now that we are related I guess that kind of makes you our aunt, and your very friendly and sociable so I think I'll call you Auntie Social, LOL. This nick name has been a running joke for almost 27 yrs now, and she always gets a big kick out of it....LOL!
     When I decided to make her a card to wish her well I thought about the auntie social pun and thought hmmmmm I should make a card with an ant on it, ohhh and how about it is upside down  cause she isn't on her feet very much these days. I was even going to add a cast to one of the ant's legs but just remembered that now, too late, lol my aunt took the card over to her when they were down visiting for the long wkend.  Anyway, this is the card I made for her and she got a good laugh over it. They say laugher is the best medicine so I hope she is up and around really soon :)
The sketch

My interpretation :)
     I used paper I have had in my stash for about 4 yrs, it came in a big kit with a scrapbooking album, cards, stickers, everything all co ordinating but I didn't keep track of things like that back then so I don't know who made it. I used spellbinders classic ovals to cut the ant's body parts, then used classic circles to change the shape of the ends of two of the ovals. glued them together and pop dotted off  the leaf (from the larger of the two sunflower die sets).
     I used a piece of coloured wire for the antenae that I put through two holes I made with a poker, and curled the ends around the poker. The bottom leaves are from the spellbinders foliage set. The stamped ants are from a set of See D's stamps called Cute as a Bug. I used a stamp from PK-750 Animal Faces Small  for the face but I am looking and can't remember which one I used. I stamped the face a few times till I got the look I wanted and I am pretty sure I used the camel's face, but drew my own mouth line because the mouth looked funny on an upside down ant, LOL.
     Thank you so much for coming by and checking out my card, I hope you leave me a comment so I can come by and check out what you have been up to lately :) Have a scrap happy day, see you soon!

Cindy   :)


Peachy Keen March release party

     Hi there my crafty friend, sry I didn't get this posted sooner but I was out of town at my sisters for the weekend, to whip up a wedding scrapbook album :), almost done, about 4 more pages to go and the final touches.
    Peachy Keen had a release party on Sat, I have never attended one before so I was very excited to see what it would be like :) I am thrilled to say it was lots of fun, I was chatting with so many peachy keen lovers it was awesome, :) !
     At the release Lorie Souther asked a few trivia questions and posted a couple challenges for us to do to try to win the grand prize of a 50.00 gift certificate. I could really use one, I am on a spending hiatus indefinately and will be experiencing retail therapy withdrawal shortly. I was rather lucky though and I won the second trivia question prize which is my choice of a 4" face stamp, not to bad there's not that many to choose from, makes it easier on me, and of course they are totally adorable so it really wasn't that easy to decide :)\
     This is my entry for the first challenge MARCHRP#1 which was to use at least two different patterned papers. I received the spring die cut collection as a gift from hubby for our 30th anniversary on the 13th of March and I wanted to use them on my cards, :) The background dp has white snowflakes printed on it but they didn't stand out a lot. I was going to put a gem in the middle of each flakes but decided there were quite a few and I prob wouldn't have enough so I used a glue pen and MS glitter to make the flakes more noticeable :) The face and scarf were pop dotted, then I pop dotted the bird and brach as well. It turned out cute I think, I love it :)

     My entry for the second challenge is going to be for my sister. I visited her for the weekend to help her make a wedding scrapbooking album for her step son who is getting married on March 9th, they just told us last week, woohoo! This challenge we needed to use Lorie Souther;s favourite things which is ribbon and bling, I can relate :) My sister surprised me on fri night and took me to the movies to see The Vow. Inside it says, thank you for walking beside me and being my friend :) This little chicks are so darn cute too :)I love my PK stamps and dies :)
     Thank you for dropping by today and checking out what I made and shared with you, it really mean a lot when you take the time to visit me and comment so I know you were here, your so awesome :) Have a great day and happy scrapping :)

Cindy   :)


It's a Peachy Party......WOOOOOOT!!!


Join us TODAY from 10-11 a.m.

Peachy Keen designers and friends are chatting, sharing, and having a grand old time, and we'd love to have you join us!!  
We've got trivia games, challenges, and a chance to win prizes for both, PLUS a drawing for a GRAND PRIZE winner from all the challenge participants for the weekend.  Challenges will go up during the release party and will remain open until 8 a.m. Monday morning to give you plenty of time to play along.  
We're excited, and can't wait to see you there!  Click on the picture below and it will take you directly to the party thread!!!
YAY.....this totally sounds like fun, what is better than peachy keen stamps?  A new release party!!! :)
Click on the badge in my side bar to come join in. I'm off to check out the new stamps, so exciting! See you there!

Cindy     :)


A birthday card

     My aunt's mother in law celebrated her 85th birthday this month. She is a very sweet lady who loves the colour purple and I enjoy making her special cards for special occasions, she seems to really enjoy them. I also had to make a card for my DT challenge over at The Outlawz. I design for the weekly  sketch challenge that falls on the Wednesday each week, and figured I'd use the sketch to make this card.
The sketch

     We have a new challenge starting every day and lots of great prizes per month. We also have a freebie challenge where you will receive your free digi's and you are required to make at least one card with your fave digi within the two weeks allowed in order to receive the next set of free digi's. Everyone is super friendly, and helpful, you will have a lot of fun and meet so many awesome crafty friends :)
     For my card I used some paper from a kit I got about 4 yrs ago but I don't know the name of it, sry. I used a  spellbinders lacy oval for my stamped image, coloured it, then added a touch of purple to the oval by running the ink pad over it gently. The image is from Viva Decor....flowers and butterflies. I used a piece of ribbon to attach the oval to the card front, made a bow and added a few dew drops to the card, I also stamped Happy Birthday on the card but didn't retake the picture to reflect that. :)  Hope you like my card!
My interpretation :)
     I would like to thank you for dropping by and checking out my card today. I hope you leave me a comment so I know you were here, and I can come over and see what you have been up to lately. :) Have a scrap happy kind of day, see you soon!

Cindy   :)


A get well card

     Hello my crafty friend, so happy you came by to see what I've been up to cause I have a cute card for you! Earlier I posted a card I made for the Peachy Keen challenge, it actually was created after this card, cause I thought it was so darned cute I should make another one, but different :) The card for the challenge was a friendship themed card. This one is for my cousin who had a heart attack this week and had to have surgery yesterday. He is home from hospital now and I am going to go visit him tomorrow.
     Earlier today I made a card for my aunt's sister in law who had surgery on her foot and she is still laid up with in a cast. That's another post but I pretty much got the idea for this card from that one. I was thinking about him being laid up from surgery for a few days and wanted something to brighten his day, maybe give him a bit of a chuckle. I thought about turtles and how if they get flipped over it's not that easy for them to get themselves turned back over.
     I thought a shape card would be fun so I created the base on my gypsy, then cut out the actual turtle layers and assembled. This is a very cute, fast and easy card. I used my Peachy Keen PK-450 wide eyed kids face assortment set for his adorable lil face, but I rubbed off the tear drop from his eye before stamping because the tear drop would have been upside down. I also didn't want to make the card look sad, more like thinking how to get though  the current situation. I thought to make it fun I would use an action wobble on the shell, these things are so fun, I only bought 2 to try them, now I need a ton, LOL!!!

     Hope you liked my card today, and ty so much for stopping by. Your comments mean a lot to me, they let me know you were here so I can visit you back :) I hope your having a scrap happy day, see you soon!

Cindy   :)


PK Challenge 5: Friendship theme

     Hello there my crafty friend, I'm so happy you dropped by today. This week over at Peachy Keen we were asked to show our card making skills and create a "friendship" themed card. I used create a critter for my turtle and PK-450 Wide Eyed Kids Face Assortment for her adorable little face. I used my gypsy to create the "shape" card and an action wobble to make the shell jiggle.

     When I was looking through my cartridges deciding what to do I saw the little turtle and the saying just popped into my head. I think puns are fun so I went with it :)  Then I was thinking about my background, and what to use to create a scene with the turtle then thought heyyyy how about a shape card, I love shape cards!  I picked up a couple action wobbles the other day and thought they would be great for the shell. And a card was born, LOL!!
     Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you like my card and get a chance to leave a comment letting me know you were here so I can visit you to and see what you have been up to. Your comments mean so much, ty! I hope you have a  scrap happy day.

Cindy    :) 


My new DT

     Woooohooooo, have you heard? When I got home Monday night from a crafting adventure at my sisters I checked my emails. So excited to say I was asked to be on the Wednesday Sketch Challenge DT over at The Outlawz.  This site is sooo awesome, we have a different challenge every day that run for one week at a time and a digital freebie challenge as well that runs for two weeks. Every two weeks you will receive 2 or more free digital images drawn by Sandi Huggett and Anne Fenton. You have the two weeks to create a card to remain in the challenge. You can create a card for each image if you like, but only required to make at least one card, in order to get the next round of free images. This site is very friendly, everyone is super sweet, helpful, encouraging and kind. The prizes are awesome ranging from 50.00 gift cards for Oozak's to free digi's. Come on over and join us, we'd love to have you!!! :) I'll see you there :)
I have been give such a big and very warm welcome by every DT member, even people that design on a different DT, now that is awesome. I'd like to thank Sandi, Trina, Pat and Melanie for asking me to join their team and Colleen for getting me all set up and ready to go, as well as for running such an awesome site. :) You ladies rock!!!  I feel so honoured and thrilled to be joining the ranks of designer and look forward to spreading the news about The Outlawz. No we're not a big bad motorcycle gang, LOL but we are know to bring out the big guns on occasion. Hey a crafty girls got to have her tools, even if they are "bugs" LOL LOL Warm up your cutters, ink up your stamps and head on over to The Outlawz  to join in the fun :)  

Big hugs  Cindy  :)


Peachy Keen Challenge #4: Photo Inspiration

     Hello my crafty friends, how is your week going? Today I wanted to share my card for the newest Peachy Keen Challenge. It is another photo inspiration challenge this week, and the bright juicy fruit reminds me of  fresh fruit salad :) As soon as I saw the pic I immediately had an image come to mind of fresh fruit being taken away by ants and kind of chuckled, so I went with it.
      I just received my PK spring collection on Monday and just knew I had to use one of the die cuts on my card. When I was looking at the faces that come with them I seen the look of surprise on the skunks face and thought it was perfect, not to mention cute:)

How I made the blackberries
how I made the strawberries 
How I cut the blade for the knife
How I made the melons using the oval punch

     LOL, I think this card is really fun and makes me want a fresh fruit salad, come on summer!!!! :) Thank you for visiting me today and I hope you like what you see. I really enjoy reading your comments and being able to come and see what you've been creating lately so I can leave you some love :) Hope to see you soon!

Cindy   :)


Peachy Challenge 03: Paper Roll

     Hi there my crafty friend, nice to see you again. I haven't blogged all week because I just haven't been feeling well for a couple weeks now. I think I am starting to feel better though, finally, YAY! :)  I have been busy working on a project for the new Peachy Keen Challenge. We were free to create anything we wanted using a toilet paper roll. I have never used one for crafts but I did use paper towel rolls before, although I can't remember what I made with them LOL that was yrs ago.
     My new PK stamps came in the mail last Friday so of course I wanted to use them on my project. I planned out several different projects before I actually decided on one. My original plan was to make a tree but couldn't decide what kind. I finally gave up on the tree idea and decided to make a bird house instead, then I can hang it in a tree, LOL!
I started out with a toilet paper roll, a pretty kleenex and the first two of three spellbinders classic circles :) I opened the kleenex and cut it in half along the centre crease. It was the perfect length to cover the TP roll, but a little long. One of the hearts was in the centre at the front so I cut it out with my Xacto knife and outlined with gems.
The making of the picket fence using a white floral wire cut in half, and small strips of paper with the tips cut. I used two strips per picket, glued to each other on either side of the wire to hold the wire in place.
The circle wasn't wide enough after cutting and gluing it for the roof so I glued two rows of hearts around the edge also used three sizes of scalloped circles on top of them. Floral wire and beads were used for the hanger.
 I used my new PK-M11 Winter is for the birds stamp for the three lower birds. I made hats to match their scarves to hide the holly image on it's head. :)
 For the upper bird I used my PK-268 Happy Mother's Day set and added a hat as well. I used a piece of acryllic pkging to make the bird look like she is "flying". For the perches I used a skewer, painted white and glued gems to the ends. 
The home tweet home sign is glued to the wire with a pink heart glued to either side of the wire, and the white one glued on top, divided by different beads.

   Hope you liked my project today, and if you have a chance you should check out what everyone else made for the challenge to. Amazing what we can do with a tp roll and recycling at the same time, sweet! Thank you so much for stopping by, I really do appreciate you taking the time to visit and comment on my creations, and I love popping back over to see what you've been up to as well. Have a great day and keep on scrappin'! 

Cindy   :) 


Peachy Keen Challenge 02: Photo Inspiration

     Hello my crafty friend, just a quick post today, I haven't been feeling good all week but wanted to get a card made for the challenge. We were to create a project from the photo inspiration provided and were given free reign to interpret it anyway we like.
     To me this picture says engagement party in spring time so I made an engagement easle card, one of my favourite card styles.

I used my PK Happy Bird die cut from Cottage Cutz and PK-267 (happy bird and phrases - the face part) for my PK element. It was a little tricky since I needed my bird to be facing left, rather that right, so I flipped my die cut over, stamped my face on another block then on the face, not an easy trick, ink needs to be wet. Made my own roses with an eksuccess punch, a couple spellbinders "ribbon banners dies", the longer one on the bottom is 1.5 cuts, glued together. 2 different spellbinders edgebilities dies from the classic bracket set and some ribbon. I hope you like my card, but I hope Peachy Keen likes it more! LOL  Thank you for stopping by and checking out my card, I hope to see you again soon!

Cindy       :)